Constructed in 1977 the Blythe Regional Wastewater Reclamation Facility has served the community of Blythe for almost 30 years. The plant is operated by one Supervisor, one Chief Plant Operator and three full-time employees, and is open seven days a week, including holidays, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. The plant consists of:
Two primary clarifiers.
Two trickling filters.
Primary and secondary anaerobic digesters with six sludge beds.
With the increasing population of the City of Blythe, the wastewater plant had to undergo expansion which was completed in 1996. The treatment system now consists of:
A bar screen, pump station, mixing vault and two activated sludge basins.
Two secondary clarifiers.
An aerobic digester with twelve percolation-evaporation ponds.
And six drying beds.
The City of Blythe Regional Wastewater Reclamation Facility is a Class III Facility and the treatment process is Activated Sludge. The City also owns a sewage collection, treatment and disposal system that provides sewage services to the City. On an average, Dry Weather Flow, the facility treats 1.3 million gallons per day (MGD). The facility is permitted to discharge up to 2.4 MGD of treated wastewater from the Blythe Regional Wastewater Reclamation Facilities to percolation-evaporated ponds. For information on the Blythe Regional Wastewater Reclamation Facility permits, visit the State Water Resources Control Boards website at www.waterboards.ca.gov.